Experience the Athens & Epidaurus Festival!

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Experience the Athens & Epidaurus Festival!

Ηeld annually from late May till mid of August, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the oldest continuously running festival in Greece and one of the oldest performing arts festivals in Europe, hosting numerous major Greek and world-famous performing artists and attracting large crowds of both local and international visitors.

Today, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the foremost cultural institution in the country, catering to all tastes, offering both classical performances, such as ancient Greek tragedy and comedy, and cutting-edge, avantgarde productions. Greek and internationally acclaimed artists alike meet in this celebration of theatre, music, dance and visual arts, sharing their work with diverse audiences. Visitors from around the world have a unique opportunity to participate in this veritable feast of art, as well as enjoying the natural beauties of the magical Greek landscape. 

Odeon of Herodes Atticus: A midsummer night’s dream in the shadow of the Acropolis

Built below the sacred rock of the Acropolis in the 2nd century BC, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is widely considered one of the most iconic theatres in the world. Since the inception of the Athens Festival in 1955, legendary artists have performed at the Odeon, including Maria Callas, Herbert von Karajan, Igor Stravinsky, Rudolf Nureyev and Leonard Bernstein, to name but a few.

This summer, music lovers can look forward to spellbinding evenings featuring leading symphony orchestras, brilliant classical soloists and concerts with world-renowned contemporary musicians.

 

2019 programme

5, 7, 9, 11 June

Greek National Opera – Carlus Padrissa – La Fura dels Baus –

Conductor Georgios Balatsinos

Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

 

 

14 June

Eleni Karaindrou concert

Tous des oiseaux

 

15 June  

Jethro Tull concert

50 years of Jethro Tull

 

17 June

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg – Solist Yuja Wang – Conductor Gustavo Gimeno

Works by Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Stravinsky

 

19 June

George Dalaras – İzmir State Symphony Orchestra – Conductor Hakan Sensoy

 

21 June

ERT National Symphony Orchestra – Conductor Anastasios Symeonidis

Fête de la Musique

Works by Skalkottas, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev

 

22 June

Wiener Symphoniker – Conductor & Solist Leonidas Kavakos

Works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Beethoven

 

24 June

Athens State Orchestra

A Tribute to Steven Spielberg

Live music with simultaneous screening of movie clips and photos

 

26 June

Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Zoi Tsokanou –  Solist Murray Perahia

Works by Mitropoulos, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov

 

27 June

Loreena McKennitt concert

The elf of Celtic sound

 

28 June

Yannis Markopoulos concert

 

30 June

Yo-Yo Ma

Johann Sebastian Bach

The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites

 

3 July

Dead Can Dance concert

Dionysus

 

6 & 7 July

Armonia - Friends of Music Orchestra – Soprano Myrto Papatanasiu  Director & Conductor George Petrou

Alcina by Händel 

 

9 July

Ravenna Festival – Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra – Conductor Riccardo Muti

The Roads of Friendship

 

10 July

Maria Farantouri – ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra – Conductor Anastasios Symeonidis

Shall We Go to the Movies?

Songs and music from the world and Greek cinema

11 July

Melodia 99.2

The History of Greek Song

Mixtape Summer ’19: Rembetika

 

13 July 

Tindersticks concert

 

16 July

Athens State Orchestra – Solist Maxim Vengerov – Conductor Stefanos Tsialis

 

27, 28, 30, 31 July

Greek National Opera – Director Konstantinos Rigos – Conductor Loukas Karytinos

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

 

3 August

China National Symphony Orchestra Salzburg Kinderchor – Enjott Schneider Otto Sauter Ten of the Best

Ceremony of Harmony

Melody of Worldwide Civilisation

 

The 2019 Odeon programme also includes a remarkable, not-to-be-missed dance performance by arguably the greatest living choreographer in the world, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her Rosas group, on 2 July.

Access

Entrance from the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian street (Akropoli metro station). Full accessibility for persons with disabilities (for more information please visit the Festival’s official website greekfestival.gr).

For information on all Athens & Epidaurus Festival performances please visit greekfestival.gr

 

Tickets:

Athens & Epidaurus Festival main box office:

Panepistimiou 39 (inside Stoa Pesmazoglou) Mo to Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat 10:00-15:00

Call centre: +30 210 8938112 (Monday to Sunday, 09:00-21:00)

On line sales: greekfestival.gr & ticketmaster.gr

Odeon of Herodes Atticus Monday to Sunday 10:00-14:00 (and 18:00-21:00 on performance days)

Ticket prices:

For most performances upper tier regular ticket at 10 – 15 € and lower tier at 20 – 100 € (all prices at greekfestival.gr)

 

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